Hester Street Fair

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This Lower East Side flea hosts one of Manhattan’s best collections of vendors, with more upstarts joining the fray every week. Standouts from recent years that have gotten their start at the fair include Macaron Parlour, Petee’s Pie Company, Melt Bakery, La New Yorkina, Arancini Bros and Cheeky Sandwich.

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tastemaker

This is a TINY fair, if you're in the area, you can basically walk this in like...5 minutes. If it's not super crowded you can grab some food and a table or a spot on the grass in the back, but definitely expect it to be loud, small, and crowded.

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tastemaker

A much smaller, less congested version of Smorgasburg. It's worth checking out if you're in the Soho/LES area and you want to try a few things, but I'm not sure if I would make this the center of my trip.


Let's set the stage:

• Size-wise this was barely the size of half a street block

• 10 vendors ($215 shoe stall, jewelry, aprons with hipster text, and homemade wooden spoons)

• 3 food stalls (jerk chicken, fried chicken sandwiches, and some reheated savory pastry items–none of which looked extremely appetizing, but there were a handful of people eating on a few picnic tables)

• 1 radio station playing mediocre music that seemed to entice 4 years, and a single 60 year old, to get up an dance 

• An array of parents with kids–because obviously they had a couple outdoor toys (jump ropes, large scale jenga, corn hole)


For a 30-something with no kids, this was NOT worth the trip to check out. There are way better places to try local foods and explore handmade goods. NEXT!

tastemaker

The Hester Street fair is like others have noted a small gathering of vendors from food and fashion and crafts. 


It's not particularly grand but there are some pretty good local vendors from around the area. It's not exactly cheap either but not much is in NYC. It's definitely cool to check out when they're there but it doesn't take up much time and there are much better fairs.


Happy exploring and remember: Don't deny, satisfy!

tastemaker

Hester Street is always a great place to check out NYC vendors when you're prancing around the city looking for something to do. Though you can get through the fair rather quickly, they always have a variety of options if you're hungry or even want a new bracelet. Lately they've been doing themed events that could be really fun for the friends or family depending on who you're spending your weekends with. 


I love this fair, and while tiny always has a great roster of food and vendors to choose from. They also sometimes have cool pop-ups within the fair on select weekends, so definitely worth checking out. 

tastemaker

Hester Street fair is basically a gathering of many food vendors as well as other knicknacks. Located in chinatown, it can be congested at times so I suggest going early to beat the crowd.

tastemaker

Cute little space to check out vendors! The vendors sell the city's trendiest new food and items! I really enjoy coming here on a Saturday and stopping by while I'm on the lower east side! The space is pretty small though, so it is not worth making the trip if you are not in the area honestly. Try the ice cream sandwiches; you won't regret it.